7 New Super Foods

Hemp Oil

Don't worry; this stuff is legal. The earthy-tasting oil, made from pressed hemp seeds, has 25 times more omega-3 fatty acids than olive oil. Hemp oil is too delicate for heating, so keep it out of the frying pan and store in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.

Hemp Cilantro Pesto
Serves 8

  • 1 1/2 cups cilantro, packed
  • 1/3  cup walnuts
  • 1 3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 cup hemp oil

In a food processor, pulse together cilantro, walnuts, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, garlic and salt. With the machine running, pour the hemp oil in through the feed tube and process until well mixed but still slightly grainy.

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Black Rice

Brown rice may be a healthier choice than white, but black rice trumps them both. Also called "forbidden rice," as it was once reserved only for the plates of Chinese emperors, black rice contains a payload of antioxidants. Scientists have found that a diet rich in antioxidants may help with exercise recovery by reducing muscular damage.

Scallops with Rice Puree
Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup black rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 lb. sea scallops
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped

Place rice and chicken broth in a medium-sized saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered until rice is tender, about 25 minutes. Place cooked rice as well as cooking liquid along with 1/2 cup water, shallot, garlic, ginger, lemon juice and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add additional broth if the mixture is too thick.

Rinse scallops under cold water, pat dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sear scallops until just opaque in center, about 90 seconds per side. Spread the black rice puree on serving plates and place scallops on top. Garnish with chives.

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